National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration August 19, 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Actions
Document Number: 2011-21274
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the availability of the ``Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Hawaiian monk seal Recovery Actions.'' Publication of this notice begins the official public comment period for the Draft PEIS. The purpose of the Draft PEIS is to evaluate, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative approaches for funding, undertaking, and permitting the management, research and enhancement activities on Hawaiian monk seals, as well as other components of the marine ecosystem and human environment.
Endangered Species; File No. 16548
Document Number: 2011-21253
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Springfield Science Museum, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103 [David J. Stier, Responsible Party], has applied in due form for a permit to hold and transport shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) for the purposes of enhancement.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery; 2011 Commercial Quota and 2011 Commercial Fishing Season for Greater Amberjack
Document Number: 2011-21251
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements this temporary final rule to increase the commercial quota for greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) for the 2011 fishing year and reopen the 2011 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack for a limited time period. These actions are necessary to achieve the optimum yield for the fishery, thus enhancing social and economic benefits to the fishery.
Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Pile Driving in the Columbia River, WA
Document Number: 2011-21248
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a complete and adequate application from the Port of Vancouver, USA (Port) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to pile driving during construction of the Terminal 5 Bulk Potash Handling Facility. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing to issue an IHA to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, three species of marine mammals during the specified activity within a specific geographic area and is requesting comments on its proposal.
Availability of Seats for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 2011-21199
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The ONMS is seeking applicants for the following seat on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: (2) Research (Alternate) seats. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 3-year terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter. The Council consists also of three state and three federal non-voting ex-officio seats.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast Region Bycatch Reduction Device Certification Family of Forms
Document Number: 2011-21183
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; International Dolphin Conservation Program
Document Number: 2011-21181
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska; Amendment 88
Document Number: 2011-20454
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 88 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP), which regulates the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program. This proposed Rockfish Program would allocate exclusive harvest privileges to a specific group of license limitation program license holders who used trawl gear to target Pacific ocean perch, pelagic shelf rockfish, and northern rockfish during particular qualifying years. It would retain the conservation, management, safety, and economic gains realized under the Rockfish Pilot Program and resolve identified issues in the management and viability of the rockfish fisheries. This action is necessary to replace particular Rockfish Pilot Program regulations that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2011. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable law.